After teammates Devyn Brewton and J’wan Roberts won the Freddy’s-KDHpressbox.com Player of the Week award earlier in the basketball season, Shoemaker’s Javon Levi felt no jealousy.
“None at all,” Levi said. “I was happy for them. They earned it.”
A large part of the success of Brewton, Roberts and the Grey Wolves as a whole can be attributed to Levi, their senior point guard who runs the show.
Levi bears a ton of burden being Shoemaker’s sparkplug, but it is a responsibility he willingly undertakes because he knows his teammates rely on him.
“They are depending on me to get them the ball in the right spot,” Levi said. “I have no choice but to take a lot of pride in it.”
Last week, Levi turned in two spectacular performances. He registered a triple-double with 15 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists in a 70-56 triumph at No. 10-ranked Waco Midway. He also had 18 points, four rebounds and nine assists in a 66-55 triumph over Harker Heights.
For his work on the court, Levi was an easy pick to win the award. He won in a landslide, earning 60 percent of the vote.
“I feel good about it,” Levi said. “Without my team, I wouldn’t be able to get this award. I feel pretty good, although I have bigger goals.”
Levi aims to continue spearheading the Grey Wolves forward into the second half of District 8-6A competition, which begins Tuesday in a rematch against Ellison — the only team to beat Shoemaker in league play over the last two seasons.
The Eagles defeated the Grey Wolves 54-50 to open district competition on Dec. 16.
With only three returning starters this year, yet still with high expectations, Levi has enjoyed watching Shoemaker grow.
“It’s real exciting,” Levi said. “I was actually just talking about this with my dad. At the beginning of the year, they were young, so they came out pretty scared. As we’ve started going on through the season, playing in big tournaments and playing better competition, they just came into their own.
“All the young guys started making plays, and it started taking the pressure off of me.”
Other area standouts nominated were Ellison’s Madison Hattix-Covington, Shoemaker’s Erick Munoz, Gatesville’s Rebekah Nolte and Copperas Cove’s Dahmir Pearson.
Hattix-Covington was the leading scorer in both games of the week for the then-seventh-ranked Lady Eagles in wins over Killeen and Belton.
Munoz earned a hat trick in a 3-0 victory over China Spring in the Harker Heights Knights Winter Showcase. The Grey Wolves midfielder added another goal in a 6-1 win over San Angelo Lake View.
Nolte had 11 points and three steals in aiding eighth-ranked Gatesville in a come-from-behind victory, its 11th straight, a 31-29 decision at Lorena.
Pearson scored six points in overtime to help push Copperas Cove to a hard-fought 63-61 overtime win over Harker Heights. He then added 13 points in a victory over Killeen.